Monday, September 27, 2010

Milk Glass Teacups

I am linking to Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays for a thrifty find I found this past week. Please visit Linda and see what other thrifty finds are posted this week.

I was on my way to Walmart last week when I decided I would stop at a thrift store on the way. Afterall it doesn't hurt to look to see what you just might find. I am instantly drawn to the dishes. I have seen so many teacups made into pincushions on blogs. I was looking to find some teacups (I will not use my grandmothers!!) and found these milk glass teacups! I looked at the price and I instantly snatched them up ... forgot about the other teacups, paid and left the store! 

Here are my "new" teacups.  Not even a crack or chip.  I love them!  I will have to go back another day to look for teacups for pincushions :)

$4.99 for all four! 
(My picture loaded sideways...blogger is not liking me tonight!)

And today I was shopping with a friend and found some more cherries for my milk glass pretties I purchased at an estate sale a few weeks ago I posted about.   If you love Mary Engelbreit you must have cherries!

If you haven't entered my Fall Giveaway please go to the Fall Giveaway picture on my sidebar and enter. 
 It finally feels like Fall here today with a high near 70 degrees.  Love it!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall Giveaway

I have always loved Fall and it has been one year next week that I began my blog.   I have met so many friendly bloggers in the blogging world.
 Now it's time for a giveaway!!
I have put together several things that I love and hope you will too!  Everything is included in the picture and more I didn't show :)

A kitchen towel I machine embroidered with pumpkins.
Two doilies.
Dinner napkins with leaves.
Be Thankful sunflower with tassel to hang.
Pumpkin I made with my quilting fabrics.
A leaf shaped kitchen spatula and more!

Be Thankful sunflower.
Leaf spatula.

A stuffed pumpkin.

For one chance, leave a comment on this post. Be sure to leave me a way to contact you if you are the winner!
For a second chance, become a follower of my blog.
For a third chance, mention this on your blog, come back and leave a third comment.

 I will announce the winner next
Friday, October 1st. 
Good Luck!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna


Monday, September 20, 2010

Pumpkins on a Platter

I am joining Marty this week for Table Top Tuesday
I love seeing all the inspiration you can find on her blog.
I love decorating with all the colors of the Autumn season.  We have not had any crisp fall days so far ... it has been in the 90's here.  Maybe in a couple of weeks we will have cooler temperatures.  In the meantime I will turn down the thermostat and pretend it is cooler.
This is the arrangement I put together for my coffee table.  I used a large silver platter I bought at an auction and filled it with pumpkins, sunflowers and leaves.  When I purchased the platter I had no idea what I would use it for.  It had been on my kitchen countertop (taking up space) and I needed a place to put it so I used it for my arrangement.

A huge sunflower ... love the colors and the texture.
I also added the feathered pheasant to the arrangement along with an acorn I purchased this year at Hobby Lobby.
Another look at my arrangement.  I love Fall and all the bright colors! 

I am embroidering something for my Fall giveaway.  It will be my one year anniversary next week.  Please check back for my giveaway :)

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna


Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunflowers ...

My husband and I took a day trip to Marietta, Georgia last week to a quilt shop that was featured in Quilt Sampler magazine.  It's just a two hour drive.  I had been there last Fall and I knew it was a great quilt shop so my husband is the greatest sport and went with me.  He is so patient .... God love him! 
On our way to Georgia I was having second thoughts about our trip ... just an uneasy feeling.  I told my husband how I felt and he asked if I wanted to go back home.  I said I would be okay.  Of course I was missing Amber and had her on my mind.  I knew Jennifer was safely at work ...I had texted her. 
So we continued on our way.  Suddenly on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere there was this huge field of sunflowers ... Amber's favorite!  It was like she was telling me everything is okay and to enjoy myself for the day.  It was like those huge sunflowers were just smiling at me!  I know she is always watching down on me and she just sent me a little message from Heaven!
On the way back home I had my husband pull off the side of the highway so I could take a picture of the field of sunflowers.  I told you he was patient!   Aren't they beautiful!!  They were huge!  Every time I see a sunflower I smile :)

Up until today I haven't been in the mood to decorate for Fall.  I am ready for Fall but I haven't unpacked my decorations.
I did spruce up my wreath and hang it on the front door.  I will do more decorating tomorrow. 

First I had to do one thing and that was change Amber's flowers to Fall ones and they are sunflowers!

I went to the cemetery late this evening about sunset and sat and arranged Amber's sunflowers on her gravesite.  I included purple accent flowers since she loved the color purple.
Now that I have most important sunflowers in their place maybe I can get my house decorated.  And yes there are sunflowers everywhere!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

I am posting my first giveaway in my next post so check back with me :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9-11

It is impossible to forget the images of 9-11.  Please take a few minutes out of your day and remember the victims and their families whose lives were lost on that unforgettable day.

God Bless America

Donna

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sewing Room Turned Pantry or Dish Closet?

 I am not sure what to call this room now.  It is a small room... I think the dimensions are about 8 ft. x 14 ft. and it opens into our kitchen.  
It would be perfect for a laundry room however our laundry room is in our basement.
 It was once my sewing room before I began quilting several years ago.  It was perfect for just a sewing machine, a serger and an ironing board but I quickly out grew it for quilting. 
When we did an addition to our house about a year and a half ago for Amber I moved my sewing room into her bedroom.  She got a new bedroom and a bath and I got a new sewing room!

I took this picture from my kitchen.
The room is long and narrow.  The door you see in the center is a closet that still has shelves and shelves of fabric!
I wish I had taken "before" pictures!  The room was painted with a faux finish and had carpet.  We ripped up the carpet put tile down and repainted the room an apple green.
Lowe's had this shelving unit that I wanted to hold dishes (it holds 350 lbs. per shelf).  We purchased it and then I used furniture I had around the house and in the basement for additional storage.
This is the curtain I had in my sewing room so I coordinated the room around the colors.  There are double windows so I would have plenty of daylight for sewing.
I have had this clock for 33 years.  We bought it when we were married for our kitchen.  Our anniversary was last week so I know how old it is and it still works!
Small cookbooks in a basket ... many are my grandmothers ... very old ones!
A piece of furniture my husband painted that will hold my mother's china. I have just got to handwash it all!
I found these knobs at Hobby Lobby for the closet that match perfectly.
A bookshelf full of cookbooks.  I love to read cookbooks especially Gooseberry Patch ones!
I love dishes!  These are sitting on top of an old French Provincial lingerie chest I had as a little girl.  The chest now holds tableclothes and napkins for every season and then some!
Another view looking back towards the kitchen ... I always have plenty of serving pieces!
We also found this unit at Lowe's for cups, paper plates, paper towels, etc.  I love the big hooks on the sides for utensils for grilling I never knew what to do with before!  It is a tall shelving unit with shelves and one drawer.  I also store my Diet Cokes on the bottom shelf!
One drawer is used for napkins.

And this pie safe holds some more of my grandmother's cookbooks which I love!  I am gradually getting everything organized ... I can't believe that basket is empty!  It may be used for packaged mixes like taco seasonings and ranch dressing mixes.  Who knows!
I do know that everything is easier to find when I need a certain dish.  At a glance I can tell if it is in here or in my china cabinet or in a buffet I store dishes.
I hope you enjoyed the "tour" of my pantry/dish room?  Help!  What would you call it?

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Hugs,
Donna

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Quilting Ladies Quilt

I bought this small quilt kit at a quilt shop last year.  It was very easy to put together. 
 I draped it over the sofa to take a picture.
I adored the fabric.  It has all the things I love ... the color red, hearts and quilting.  The fabric center has ladies quilting.

Here is a closeup of the quilters.  I have enough of this fabric for the backing.
Now I just have to quilt it!  I'm just not sure how I want to quilt it ... machine or hand quilting?  Help!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Donna